PSG's Dani Alves aims dig at Guardiola after Man City snub

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The defender had reached a verbal agreement to team up with his former coach, but turned his back on the Premier League at the last minute

Dani Alves has added insult to injury in saying that he's moved to Paris Saint-Germain "to be a champion" following his sensational decision to snub a previously agreed move to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

The Brazilian full-back had looked set to join his former mentor at the Etihad Stadium after leaving Juventus on a free transfer. 

Paris Saint-Germain confirm Alves signing

In a matter of days, however, what had appeared a done deal for the Citizens went up in smoke as Alves opted to join PSG. 

In his first press conference as a Parisien player Alves offered his condolences to Pep, though the words he chose came across as anything but a heartfelt apology.

"If Pep Guardiola & Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry... I've come here to be a champion," he told reporters in the French capital as he was presented as their new signing. 

"PSG have been flirting with me for a long time, for three years, and now we are married!"

Having missed out on the Champions League title last season when Juve went down in a heavy defeat to Real Madrid in the final, the defender admitted he was desperate for another chance at glory. 

And he believes PSG have one player who could help him achieve that ambition. 

"I came here to play with [Marco] Verratti. I hope that he can help us achieve this dream," he said.

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi, meanwhile, implied that the sensational deal would be the first of several over the course of the transfer window.  

"Dani Alves is the first great champion to arrive this summer. We are working hard and are very confident for the window," he said alongside his beaming new recruit.

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City left flailing by Alves snub

Alves, 34, signed a two-year deal with PSG believed to be worth £230,000 per week, a figure that topped City's bid. 

He will thus line up for his third club in as many seasons once the campaign begins, having spent a year in Serie A following his free transfer from Barcelona.

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